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J. Edgar Hoover, 1961

Tim Weiner’s Enemies is not so much a history of the FBI as a compendium of interesting historical material.

The hollowing out of America, up close and personal.

A Justice Department memo to the CIA

Institutionalized torture says not look what we can do, but look what we disown, what only the bad apples among us require.

Cleanup efforts after the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster

Moral indignation is no longer enough to combat the power of Big Oil.

The great divergence

Timothy Noah and Charles Murray offer starkly different explanations of growing economic and social inequality in the United States.

In the secret history of property law, property rests on the authority of the state.

Why are Yale and other top universities teaching a Grand Strategy seminar if the conditions that seemed to call for grand strategizing no longer exist?

Mary Dudziak

For Mary Dudziak, we are now experiencing a time of permanent war, one that does not bother everyday Americans.

Temple in Annawadi

Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a superb, empathic account of life in a Mumbai undercity.


A new book takes exciting and historic trends a step too far.

March 23, 2012

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 7, 2011